Mediterranean biodiversity protection from anthropogenic pressure is a major challenge of our time. Among the main threats to the ecosystem, uncontrolled and unsustainable tourism appears to play a very negative impact on natural, cultural and social environment.
IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille
Campus Session by Sustainable Tourism and Biodiversity Protection communities:
“Streamlining biodiversity in sectoral development: a sustainable touristic model in the Mediterranean that ensures resilient coastal and marine ecosystems.”
Date: 06 Sep 2021
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Room: Virtual Channel 6
Online/Onsite: Online only
Mediterranean biodiversity protection from anthropogenic pressure is a major challenge of our time. Among the main threats to the ecosystem, uncontrolled and unsustainable tourism appears to play a very negative impact on natural, cultural and social environment. However, sustainable tourism practices might contribute to reducing the pressures on the ecosystem while promoting human activities and tools to better preserve biodiversity in terrestrial, coastal and marine environments.
The Sustainable Tourism and Biodiversity Protection communities, two Interreg MED Programme’s initiatives, have joined forces to co-organise a Campus Session at the IUCN World Conservation Congress to exchange about the good practices, the tools and the knowledge acquired by their territorial cooperation projects active in the Mediterranean region since 2016 and run by public authorities, NGOs and higher education organisations.
More specifically, seven territorial projects and international experts will convene online on 6 September from 11:00 to 13:00 to discuss about “Streamlining biodiversity in sectoral development: a sustainable touristic model in the Mediterranean that ensures resilient coastal and marine ecosystems”.
This Campus session will provide insight into integrated ecosystem-based management approaches to protect and conserve ecosystem functions in the Mediterranean while ensuring recreational services and attractiveness for a sustainable long-term touristic model. The main topics prioritised in these sessions will look into:
1/ Governance and management models to ensure resilient coastal systems
2/ Co-creation among local actors to ensure benefits for local communities and nature
3/ Re-thinking ways for waste management through production and consumption patterns
The sessions have been designed following a methodology for ensuring the interactivity between the audience and the speakers, so you can gain inspiring knowledge sharing and a unique training opportunity delivered by experts. Besides, the Campus session is also a transferring workshop meant to facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges
Co-organised by Plan Bleu, who acts as Sustainable Tourism Community’s Regional Antenna in France, the session is also meant to be an opportunity for peer-to-peer exchanges and a transferring workshop. For this purpose two projects from the Sustainable Tourism Community will present their flagship activities:
_ DestiMED+ will focus mainly on its MEET Network a cross Mediterranean initiative for promoting eco-tourism experiences in the Mediterranean,
_ INCIRCLE will dwell into the potential for developing circular economy models in the tourism sector in small Mediterranean islands.
If you are already registered to follow online or attend the IUCN World Congress event, or if you are willing to do register for the online congress package on its website, then join the Campus Session on Innovative practices to ensure Mediterranean biodiversity and sustainable tourism. The video recording of the session will be available on the IUCN WCC website for a year after the event
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